This show inspires me to see the magic of a gathering of 'Phil Lesh and friends'; of transcendent joy dancing; of the unknwon universe becoming known... I really wonder what leads people to see with such misplaced superficial views, because we often look right pass the very intrinsic spirit that is elavated to the most inspirational peaks of joyous magic that make these moments so worth being a part of. It could be anyone; there is the elevated magic we are always to be moved by, with and as; so of course I would say it's great I just wonder about the negativity come on folks!- No cheerleading on any side! Phil lesh and friends were never a fotoball team- 'Come on Kimock!!!', no- 'boogie on Phil Feat'!, regardles of anyone's opinions which I have hoped not to discredit this is a dance! The footsteps of sound.. and where they lead us... surely there are the high moments and the low... the peaks and valleys... all of which are one in the land of endless creation so sojourn to this place of awesome majesty and be comepelled to know the limitless
May 31, 2011 Subject:
Great Show - All You Phil Haters Are F++ked
This is a boogified countrified FEATified Molofied jammed-out piano based show and thanks to the taper it is GREAT sound. I had to listen myself to understand just how great these 4 guys sound w/o that Kimock guy. Hats off to Jill Lesh for doing the right thing to that asshole.
December 2, 2009 Subject:
Focus on the positive!
I love this recording, and I think it's great example of a band overcoming a tricky situation and really rising to the occasion. It might be a bit light on guitar heroics compared to some of Phil's other lineups, but "shredding" is not the only way breathe life into Dead tunes. The great vocal harmonies (Friend of the Devil, especially!) and ridiculous bass and piano work make this a stellar show, in my opinion.
September 23, 2008 Subject:
Not Kimock's fault
Jill Lesh is a control freak and expected Kimock and any other "role" players to play for peanuts.
November 27, 2007 Subject:
It was a good show
This was the 2nd show I got to see on this tour and it was a pretty damn good one if you ask me!! Except for the fact that I lost my ticket from the car to the venue only to be found later when I entered the venue with my newly purchased ticket. I ran to the front door and asked if I could give someone my ticket. I found a cool guy with his kid wandering around and gave him my extra. About 10 minutes later he was inside dancing nearby. Felt really good.
Anyway, the beginning of the show starts off a little slow with not much in terms of guitar wizardry. But what do you expect when you only have 1 guitarist trying to play his and Kimock's parts. But after they hit Rider, the playing gets really really good. The playing reprise is sick as is the Days Between, and they end up rocking out till the end with Cold Rain and Snow. I think this show was a blast and I had sooo much fun. The only thing better was getting to Chicago the next day and seeing Derek Trucks tourbus outside the venue. It was just what the tour needed. From what I remember, I think Derek cancelled the rest of his tour to come and help Phil out. And then in Columbus Warren Haynes shows up. The rest is history.
This is by far the best sounding of all the stealth tapes I have heard from this tour. Give it a listen, you might be pleasantly suprised.
October 13, 2005 Subject:
I really don't get the negative reviews for this show. I was actually at the show and didn't really know what to expect since I hadn't seen Phil play since 1995 w/ the Dead. I was pleasantly surprised by how tight him and his band were. All you have to do is listen to this tape for the proof. John Molo on the drums really rose to the occasion and laid down a mile wide groove for the whole show. I was completely straight for the show and as a drummer I was astounded how Molo and band were able to keep such complicated phrases, time signatures and musical motifs intact with such grace and dynamics. People were talking about the loss of Steve Kimmock from the tour, and no disrespect to Steve, the band held it together just fine without him and it might have even improved things.
Bob Dylan closed the show and it was like night and day. Phil and friends had totally been creative and fresh and then Dylan starts and it was like a dark cloud engulfed the arena. Oh well, maybe Bob was just tired that night.
September 15, 2005 Subject:
Went to this show expecting to see Kimock rip it up and what I got was absolute garbage from some hodge-podge band he put together. Rumour has it Kimock had it out with Phil's wife (Jill) who was "managing" this fall tour and split. The Little Feat collaboration was a farce from the beginning. Can't understand how anybody could compare Kimock's playing to any other P & P band.
The next night wasn't much better
September 3, 2005 Subject:
Not Phils Fault
This show was bad, but not because of Phil. Phil's playing was great and so was his voice. Anyhow this tour strated with Kimock playin too but then bailed nota couple days before this show leaving Phil stranded with only the Little Feat guys and Molo. The Next night is better definately but Trucks is there as well and later in the tour Haynes joins on too. 2 star rating because of Phil.
May 31, 2005 Subject:
This show as about as bad as a phil show can get. I guess I should be thankful I would have forgotten that they did Playing except they kept reprising it. Weak Sauce. However the sound quality here is good and it captures the inevitable disaster that was the Phil/molo-Little Feat collaboration. Halloween was better.